The Acting Vice Chancellor of University of Port Harcourt, Professor Stephen Okodudu, has inaugurated the secondary section of University of Port Harcourt Women Association International School with a call on students to utilize the facility to create a great future for themselves.
Speaking during the event at the school campus on Thursday, Prof. Okowa, while congratulating the women on their contributions towards the development of the university community, encouraged others not to despite their little beginning. He recalled how the school started as a crèche later added primary section and now has a secondary School.
He disclosed maintained that talks with Rivers State Government on how to complete and make good use of the abandoned primary school building in the campus were ongoing even as he expressed the hope that the legacies put in place at the school would be sustained.
Professor Okodudu charged the pupils to make good use of the opportunity offered them in acquiring the requisite knowledge so as to be meaningful to their parents and the society at large.
Earlier in her remark, the President, University of Port Harcourt Women Association, UPWA, Dr. Ezinneka Eunice Okodudu, said the decision to add secondary school to the Nursery/ Primary schools was reached by parents and guardians whose children and ward were already in the school. According to her, it was to facilitate a seamless Universal Basic Education, UBE, transition in that the management set up the secondary.
The UPWA President, who is the wife of the Ag. VC of Uniport, added that the Association was founded in 1978 with 54 women as members. She said that since then, the all-women association has built a Children Resource Centre to create enabling environment for the academic development of children of nursing mothers’ who are members of staff of the university.